The Dallas Arboretum is one of Texas' most attractive sites. Choose from 14 gardens that encompass 66-acres of pure beauty. Positioned on picturesque White Rock Lake, the gardens give way to an Eden of trees, plants, ornamental shrubs, and different flowers throughout the seasons. There is more than what meets the name, though. The Arboretum is its own menagerie of art displays, concerts, and festivals all in the spectacular natural ambiance.
The museum is located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas and with five floors and eleven permanent exhibit halls you will not be bored. The museum features state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation, hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. Also offers children's museum including an outdoor play space.
This is Dallas' largest cultural center with eight museums, an IMAX Theater, a planetarium, the Dallas Aquarium, the Cotton Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater and a Music Hall showing Broadway shows, ballet and opera. There are also plenty of rides for all ages here. In addition over one hundred special events and cultural festivals take place here each year.
Segway is becoming an increasingly popular way of exploring a new city, and no wonder why. It is a fun and very entertaining experience. Segway Nation Dallas offers tours six times daily, complete with a guide providing information about the major sights and attractions. There are several tours to choose from.
White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. This is a beautiful site and perfect for picnic, walk, run or just people watching. The park also provides excellent fishing and sailing opportunities, as well as various leisure activities.
There is no better way to see all the best of Dallas than on a sightseeing tour. Big D Fun Tours offers a 75 min city tour in classic old-time red trolleys. On this tour you will see more than 30 attractions. Some of the highlights include West End, Klyde Warren Park, Pioneer Plaza, The Flagship Neiman Marcus Store, Dallas Arts District, Farmers Market and much more.
Founded in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art has long stood as a flagship for the Arts District. Connoisseurs and laymen alike can enjoy collections of more than 22,000 pieces, all deriving from locations around the world and traversing historic timelines. Begin in the Americas and peer across at Europe, the Mediterranean, and Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Pacific islands lie not too far beyond them.
Known affectionately as “The Meyerson,” this symphony center consistently beckons both Dallas residents and visitors—even those without previous experience or taste for orchestral music. Possessing exquisite acoustics and breathtaking architecture, The Meyerson plays host to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, the Turtle Creek Chorale, and countless others. With a large repertoire of musical and non-musical events, it is sure to impress even the most seasoned aficionado.
As the home of championship teams and world class events, it’s easy to see why American Airlines Center often serves as a primary destination of Dallas visitors. Hit the court with Dallas Mavericks basketball or the ice with Dallas Stars hockey. Add premium boxing fights and the ultimate sporting experience comes to life. The American Airlines Center is a venue of all entertainment, hosting concerts for stars like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars, while giving stage to timeless rock powerhouses like Bon Jovi, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac. For family fun, the Barnum and Bailey Circus even sets up tent.
Adrenaline-fueled entertainment awaits thrill-seekers, families, and friends at the Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park. Zero Gravity has an atmosphere of unlimited fun, excitement, and smiles. The park features five rides: the Skycoaster, the Skyscraper, Texas Blastoff, the Nothin’ But Net, and the timeless Bungee Jump.
Tenison Highlands golf club holds one of the most beautiful and popular golf courses in Texas. The 18-hole course now sports five breathtaking lakes, 32 sand bunkers, 419 Bermuda fairways, and TifEagle greens. With differing elevations, the course is a welcome challenge to golfers of all skill. The Tenison Highlands also has a golf shop and a café to supplement your golfing experience.
Art. Music. Film. All three reside under the roof of the historic Kessler Theater. Born in 1942 and owned temporarily by Gene Autry, the Kessler is proof that good things CAN happen after dark. The Kessler fosters an ambiance of hip and ageless fun with live music, a cinema, and art shows. Its quirky location in the Historical Arts District dubbed “X+” only adds to its mystique.
The Sixth Floor Museum gives visitors an opportunity to explore one of America’s darkest moments - this is the location from which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, now converted into a museum. Exhibits narrate the life, times and untimely death of president Kennedy. Also located in the museum is the Reading Room, where patrons can delve into audiovisual resources, artifacts and an endless supply of books.
Take a seat and prepare to be amazed - the Winspear Opera House invites you to an evening of spellbinding performances. A perfect view of the riveting opera, ballet and traveling Broadway productions is achieved with the finely designed staging, which places spectators in seating that mirrors the classic horseshoe configuration. The resulting acoustics are so stunning it’s as if the performers are sitting right beside you.
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 universities, Southern Methodist University attracts students from over 80 countries and all 50 states. It’s beautifully situated in Dallas, giving access to both visitors and Dallasites who want to enjoy the sporting events or simply walk the campus.
Owned by nationally recognized chef Richard Chamberlain, this steakhouse features palate-pleasing dishes that have garnered critical acclaim and national attention. The seafood is always fresh from that day, and the meat selections include prime rib, steaks, chops, and American-raised Kobe beef. Finish the meal with delicious deserts like their crème brûlée and consider it a perfect night.
If you are craving a fabulous steak, then head over to Pappas Bros. This is an upscale restaurant where chefs pride themselves on serving guests the best steaks with highest-quality ingredients. The food is cooked flawlessly each and every time. Very popular restaurant among locals and tourists.
Truluck’s casts fine dining in a welcomed new light. Whether your palate craves seafood from the restaurant’s own fisheries, a classic-style Texan steak, or a sweet indulgence of cake and coffee, this is a great option during an outing in downtown Dallas.
A wealth of experience and tradition accompanies dinner at Tupi’s. The restaurant’s heritage spans decades back to 1947, when it opened to become what is now Dallas’ oldest family-owned Mexican restaurant. It is fine dining that remains true to its original roots, with lunch specials, a full menu and a bar equipped with wines, beer, and mixed drinks.
Located in the elegant Uptown neighborhood, The Old Warsaw serves French Continental cuisine in a setting designed for romance and intrigue with candlelit dinners and soft serenades played by musicians. Their wine cellar is replete with selections from Europe, South America and North America, and valet parking is provided. Reservations are required.
Both a restaurant and lounge, Steel is a hybrid of Chinese, Indo-Chine, Japanese, and Korean cuisine. Mahogany paneling lines the walls while the floors are Brazilian cherry hardwood, with the soothing appeal of spot-lighting and local artwork as the décor. You can also enjoy the sushi bar and sake in a glassed wine room. So if Zen harmony is what you seek, Steel Restaurant is the perfect venue.
Comfortable booths set around an open kitchen that supplies hand-crafted, wood-oven baked pizzas and pies allow patrons to eat and drink in ease and relaxation. Only the freshest ingredients are used—from their roasted red peppers and mozzarella to their house dressings—and signature cocktails always adorn the tables. Reservations are not accepted.
A magnificent rooftop view of the beautiful Pegasus Plaza park awaits diners at the Iron Cactus. This is supplementary to a menu of authentic Mexican that includes gluten-free dishes and even homemade tortillas. The restaurant also features an award-winning margarita bar that needs little introduction.
Using European and New York-style eateries as a model, The Grape quickly elevated to become one of Dallas’ most voguish restaurants since its opening in 1972. Offering a new contemporary American menu each month, it also has an extensive wine menu and happy hour Monday through Friday. The Sunday brunch has received countless awards and accolades, consequently drawing patrons each week.
Every glass of wine and every dish are served with the nightly performance of a live pianist that fosters an inviolable sense of romance and tranquility. The cuisine is New American with specialties such as the champagne-brie soup, pei mussels and chocolate terrine. You may choose to dine in several chic rooms, including the “Symphony Alcove,” the “Baroque Room,” the “Concerto Room,” and the main dining room. Dinner is served seven days a week and a brunch is held on Sundays; there is complimentary valet parking every day of the week.
Once frequented by musical legends like Glenn Miller and Kay Kaiser—and even featured on the Food Network—El Fenix has been serving exquisite Mexican cuisine since 1918. This rich history infuses into Tex-Mex dishes like the gourmet grande taco platters, decadent enchiladas, and the signature 1918 margarita. Doors open at 11am seven days a week, so be sure to make the stop during your trip to Dallas.
This café hearkens truthfully to its name, as patrons are welcomed to their favorite morning coffee or espresso, a copy of the Wall Street Journal, and a background of financial channels spanning MSNBC, CNN, CNBC among others. There is more than coffee on the menu, though: a choice of teas, pastries, lunch, and drinks for after work, with live acoustic music beginning in the afternoons. Wi-Fi is free and so is parking.
Veracruz café seeks to share the experience of its namesake, the city of Veracruz, Mexico. Veracruz itself was the first Spanish settlement in the New World, having been established in 1519; and its European influence is displayed in its architecture, music, food, and overall culture—extending to its cafes. With its quaint vibrancy in colors and atmosphere, the Veracruz café is most certainly a viable option for those seeking a new way to experience coffee, food, and good company.
AllGood Cafe combines rich Southern-style cooking with jovial music to give patrons a wonderful environment (which includes a great view of Main Street). Located in the musical depths of Deep Ellum, Dallas, this cafe is a refreshing change from some of the more commercialized cafes of today.
La Madeleine began as the dream of bringing a piece of authentic French bakeries to Dallas and has since become the café of today. It serves genuine French country cuisine: baguettes, espresso, pastries, and homemade soups. The soft lighting and warm wood décor make the experience that much more enjoyable.
This café is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to serving tasty food that’s nutritious at the same time. The Corner Bakery Cafe strives to serve customers good, healthy food, whether it be fresh salads, soups, pasta, paninis, or delectable sweets. It has become a community favorite, with multiple Dallas locations.
As a cafe and bistro, the Green Papaya serves Vietnamese fusion cuisine at its beautiful Oak Lawn venue. The menu varies from mild to spicy dishes, featuring their signature Green Papaya Salad. Soft lighting shines on an interior of contemporary woods and color schemes, and the aquarium provides the finishing touche of class and ease.
Dodie's Reef Cafe is an offshoot of the famous Dodie's Cajun Restaurants. The McGuiness family's gripping New Orleans-inspired Cajun cuisine was brought to this smaller venue. The food is all prepared from scratch to create a comfortable, hometown feel that has attracted people since 1989.
One part sports bar, one part dance spot, and one part vintage arcade, there is more than enough for even the most selective of guests. As an Asian-American inspired saloon, there are 24 beers on tap and a sake bomb menu, as well as a menu containing Asian and American dishes. There are 20 vintage arcade games—like classic favorites Ms. Pacman and Mortal Kombat—and two private karaoke rooms.
Since its opening in the 90s, Trees has hosted some of the biggest bands and celebrated musicians. Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Arcade Fire, Deftones, Dave Mathews Band, Tool and Erykah Badu have already rocked the stage at Trees, and even more names are surely yet to make an appearance (check the website for schedules).
Following the vintage trend of bar designs, Lee Harvey’s has both an interior and outside space that is styled with wood paneling, classic beer signs, and - to top it all off - has a full bar. Friday nights are the busiest for the younger crowds, with the weekends catering to more seasoned clientele.
Rocking Dallas for over 30 years, Poor David's has an extensive history comprised of good music and good times. Lyle Lovett, the Dixie Chicks and even Michael Nesmith of The Monkees have graced the stage. The pub is non-smoking and only popcorn is served, so bring your own food and get ready for a jam session.
Soccer fans - this is the bar for you. Trinity Hall is the quintessential Irish pub experience in Dallas. Guests can drink from a selection of draft and bottled beers, wine and Irish and Scotch whiskeys. Dine on premium entrees like filet mignon, fish and chips, or lamb stew. Oh, and catch a game on one of the Hall's many televisions. They offer games from the Spanish, German, Italian and English leagues, as well as the MLS.
Tei Tei's is both a sushi restaurant and robata bar, serving delicious Japanese cuisine with class. Kinki Snapper and Sashimi are just two selections from their celebrated dishes, and the bar offers premium sake. The wood-dominated interior and cool design is made even more alluring every Friday and Saturday night, when the Sake Bar features a live Dj.
Acting as a microcosm for the finer things in life, NorthPark center is only five miles north of downtown Dallas and certainly worth the trip. It has 235 retailers and department stores, as well as an assortment of dining options. You can also catch a movie at AMC NorthPark 15, or gaze at the work of artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Tax-free shopping is available for international visitors.
Eat, watch, shop, stay, and skate—an eclectic mix of options. Galleria Dallas has over 200 shops and boutiques, including national favorites like Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as quick eateries and fine dining. There is a theater for when you want to relax and even a Westin hotel if when you want to stay and sleep. To top off things, the Galleria has an ice-skating center.
Dubbed “Uptown’s Downtown” by Dallasites, the West Village is a retail/residential district equipped with a day’s worth of exploration. Along with your typical stores and dining facilities, there’s a “Beauty Bundle” with spas for unwinding and even personal tailors. Public transportation via the DART rail and the Dallas trolley system make West Village a fast and easy destination.
Lavish style meets accessibility at the Highland Park Village, where valet parking is available for free to optimize your shopping, dining, and entertainment experience. Brands include: Anne Fontaine, Avant Garden, Beretta Gallery, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, DVF, Escada, Frederic Fekkai, Gerald Tomlin Antiques, Harry Winston, Jimmy Choo, Judith Ripka, Kiehl's, Lafco NY, Madison, Molto Formaggio, Pockets Menswear, Q Custom Clothier, Ralph Lauren, St. John, Tory Burch, Vince, Warren Barron Bridal, and Williams Sonoma.
Formerly the Paragon Outlets, the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets is only minutes away from Dallas. The attractive promenade is comprised of 110 stores, featuring the likes of Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Cole Haan, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and more. The outlets offer an abundant selection of renowned brands and - perhaps most importantly - daily savings events.
The Times Ten Cellars combines a rustic elegance with the tranquility of the rolling vineyards in which they grow their own grapes. As Dallas’ premier wine tasting venue, Times Ten Cellars offers wine from its own Cathedral Mountain Vineyard, prepared in premium equipment from France and Italy. Relaxation flows naturally as guests choose their own wine before taking to the wine lounge or patio for enjoyment of one of Dallas’ most rewarding attractions.
The main airport serving both the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. As an international airport, it serves all major U.S. airlines as well as Air Canada, British Airways, Emirates, Korean Air, KLM, Lufthansa, and AeroMexico. Impressively, it has 200 nonstop destinations, including 52 international and 148 U.S. destinations. There are various transportation services available: rental cars, taxis, public transportation, courtesy cars, shared ride programs, limousines, and charter buses. The airport itself is 18 miles from the city of Dallas.
As Dallas's downtown airport, Love is a general-purpose airport. It is served by Southwest Airlines, United Express, Delta Connection, and SeaPort Airlines. The airfield is 7 miles northwest of the downtown central business district; it is also only 20 minutes from the Dallas Market Center, Downtown Convention Center, West End and the Infomart. For information concerning destinations and transportation services, visit the Dallas Love Field website or call +1 214 670 6080.
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit is the city's leading form of public transportation. It has access to both Dallas and 12 surrounding cities, and it also encompasses the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and bus services. DART operates across a 700-square-mile area and utilizes HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes to facilitate safe transportation. Schedules and information about fares are available on their website.